DRAMA 406 A: Digital Cinema Production

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Andrew Tsao
Andrew Tsao

Syllabus Description:

DIGITAL CINEMA PRODUCTION is a course that immerses students in the set up, operations and delivery of digital media equipment and content. It focuses on narrative film grammar and the structures of cinematic storytelling. Students learn the operations of the Panasonic HVX 200 HD camera, production sound recording, basic cinema lighting techniques and are introduced to post-production software. In a rotation system, students work as camera operator, assistant camera operator, sound operator, lighting and grip technician and script supervisor on scenes with actors from the School of Drama.

Learning Objectives

  1. Familiarity and competence with the Panasonic HVX 200 HD camera: set up, operations, trouble shooting.
  2. Familiarity and competence with the transfer and logging of digital capture content to software such as the Adobe suite of video processing and editing programs.
  3. Understanding and application of film grammar principles: shot sizes, framing, the five shot sequence, principles of montage, angle and line of axis, staging the actor for cinema.
  4. Familiarity and competence in the key production crew positions: camera operator, sound recordist, script supervisor, lighting/grip technician.
  5. Understanding and application of basic three and four cornered cinematic lighting principles. Set up and use of the basic Arriflex lighting packages.


Catalog Description: 
Explores applied narrative film grammar and cinematic technique. Covers operations of digital cinema equipment including cameras, cinema lighting, and editing software such as Final Cut Studio. Includes lab where students work in a professional motion picture crew structure to implement principles of cinematic narrative and gain experience directing actors on screen. Credit/no-credit only.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 12:44pm